How to Blend Together Any Two Landscape Photos

Part of the joy of landscape photography for me is standing around and waiting for the light to change. You put your camera on its tripod, compose a shot and wait, taking photos every few minutes, whenever the sky or light or whatever looks interesting. I caught the tail end of a storm in Santorini, […]

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Global and Local Luminance Masking in Lightroom

I have often wanted to carry out global adjustments in Lightroom which target specific luminosity values in an image. Lately, I have discovered a way of achieving this. It is not as precise as, for instance, luminosity masking or blend-if masking in Photoshop, but yet it has the power to give an image that extra […]

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How to Master Exposing for Dramatic Black and White Photos

The black and white aesthetic can sometimes be a contentious issue among photographers. The decision to shoot monochromatic images is, for some, an afterthought in a way that other choices like filters, focal lengths, and exposure settings would not be. This means that some of the nuance to a well-balanced black and white exposure can be […]

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How To Bracket For Perfectly Exposed Landscape Photos

Perhaps one of the more difficult aspects of landscape photography is determining how to properly expose your scene under less-than-ideal lighting conditions. These types of situations are a common occurrence with outdoor photography as it’s often a struggle trying to properly expose an image consisting of a bright sky and a dark foreground in a […]

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Imitating Hazy Backgrounds with Diffusion Gels

Shooting in a studio has its advantages. But although being warm, dry and convenient are greatly appreciated, shooting between the same four walls can get a little boring if you’re constantly using them as backgrounds for your shots. Sure, you could get some colored paper setup, you could even buy a fancy canvas sheet with […]

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10 Helpful Tips for Posing Hands in Portraits

In his most recent video, portrait photographer Miguel Quiles decided to tackle what we’ll call the “Ricky Bobby” problem: what do you do with your [model’s] hands? After years of trial and error, Quiles has come up with 10 “hacks” or tips that have helped him conquer this issue. Jokes aside, posing hands is one […]

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How to Shoot Epic Drone Photos

Aerial photography is a different game than photographing from the ground. It’s much more difficult and slower to make a composition and you have to think of all kinds of rules and limitations to get your shot. However, drones opened up many new angles and possibilities when it comes to photography. I love new technology […]

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How to Shoot Speaker Paint Splash Photos

Photographer Steve Kazemir made this 4-minute video showing how he shoots beautiful photos of paint splashes frozen in time using an old speaker in his garage. A photo of Kazemir’s garage setup. Kazemir stretched a black trash bag over the speaker to protect it and plays sound from a tablet through it at max volume. […]

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How to Back Up Photos as a Wedding Photographer

We keep hearing the same story every year: newlyweds that are left desolated because the photographer lost their wedding images. From dual memory card slots to the ever decreasing price of computer storage, human negligence has become the weakest link in the workflow. Consequences for not backing up your clients’ images properly can be severe. […]

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How to Photograph in a Crowd

Whether it’s a wedding, a festival, or a protest, crowds present photographers with some unique challenges. I’ve spent some time working on figuring out the best ways to handle crowded environments in order to produce images that are consistent with my style, while conveying the energy of the crowd in that moment. Most of my […]

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How to Get Over Early Hurdles in Film Photography

Something about the way photographers acclimatize to shooting with film has intrigued me for some time. I think it’s safe to say that film is very much tried and tested — some of the greatest photography pioneers worked with film and were not limited in their ability to create incredible work, which remains relevant. Photographers […]

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A Guide to Long Exposure Photography

In the past few years, long exposure photography has become increasingly popular. Images in which the water seems to turn ethereal, the clouds turn into long, wispy streaks, or the lights from cars turn into long lines have an otherworldly quality that can be incredibly appealing. Since I’ve had a few people ask me how […]

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